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‘Innovative’ Greenhouse Sports feature in government’s new Strategy for Sport

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have released A New Strategy for Sport: Consultation Paper in response to concerns over falling sport participation figures across Great Britain. Greenhouse Sports has been highlighted in this government strategy as a key organisation in the areas of ‘Sport for Social Good’ and ‘Sport as a Route to Employment’:

P12 “Sport for Social Good – While we are clear that participation in sport is fundamentally a good thing in and of itself, there are numerous additional benefits to be gained from playing sport. The more obvious might be health-related, but actually the benefits can be far more wide-reaching. For example, individuals might benefit from learning about teamwork, discipline and leadership. These can have a clear impact on their skills and job prospects, equipping them for entry into the jobs market. This is why some of the most innovative organisations in this area, such as Street League, StreetGames, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Greenhouse Sports have recognised the power of sport as a tool to develop the skills of those who are long-term unemployed and increase confidence of those from the most socially-deprived backgrounds.”

P31 “Sport as a Route to Employment – Sport can be an excellent way to reach disadvantaged people – including those not in education, employment or training (NEETS). Projects which use sport to encourage these individuals back into the world of employment have a unique selling point. The inclusion of sport can get people motivated and provide a way for them to engage with the idea of developing their skills and experience. These individuals may not go on to work in the sport sector, but sport can be the hook to get them interested. The Premier League, the Change Foundation and Greenhouse Sports among others have already found ways to use sport in this way. We should consider how we can support and encourage more of this kind of activity, using sport as a route to get people into employment.”

Our work was also highlighted by The Independent: “It is promising that NGOs such as Street League and Greenhouse are expected to receive further backing from the state. Though their intensive programmes cost more, they have a track record for engaging hard-to-reach young people and, through sport, leading them to educational success and employment.”

The BBC Sport website featured the following: “The BBC understands sports charities such as Sported, StreetGames, Parkrun, Access Sport, Street League and Greenhouse could now receive more of the £1bn that Sport England spends every five years to fund community sport and encourage participation.”

Greenhouse Sports has worked with over 35,000 young people since it began in 2002. We believe every child deserves a fair chance to succeed. Read more about the difference we make to young people’s lives using sport as a tool for personal development.

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